Book Reviews

Love Life & Circumstance by J.T. Cheyanne and V.L. Moon at Laz and Lachi Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotica
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-August-2013

Book Blurb

Born the son of a preacher man, Elijah Deacon always conformed to his father’s strict religious teachings. He worked hard, devoting his time and energy to the family owned construction firm, leaving little time to focus on the deplorable state of his private life. Small town America was no place to be when all a man craved was the touch of another man. Elijah hid his sexuality and tried in vain to convince himself he could be happy with a woman. Urged on by the dream of having the family he craved, Elijah couldn’t know a drunken one night stand would see him pay the ultimate price.

Leaving the bright lights of Atlanta and placing his own life on hold, paralegal, Seth Jacobs, moved to Alabama hopeful that with a baby on the way, his twin sister Bethany would settle down. His older sister by five minutes, she gave him the confidence he needed while growing to come out and be proud of who he was. It was his turn to return the support. On arrival in Headland, Seth endeavored to make her see the dangers her behavior presented to her and her unborn child. But, to no avail.

When destiny deals a cruel blow, and the life of a newborn baby hangs by a thread, Seth and Elijah are flung together to deal with the tragic circumstances. The grief threatens to consume them, while joy and fear work to unite them. Jealousy, love, lies and bitter truths rise to the surface and threaten to tear them apart. Can the powers of love and life bring them together and heal the loneliness that death leaves behind? Or will circumstance prevail and fuel the embers of love that draw them together?


Book Review

I was so thrilled with the point in time this story began at. It started when both the main characters had just gone through the worst that life could deal them, not knowing that there was still more to come. As a fan of J.T. Cheyanne's I went into this story with high expectations of both her and V.L. Moon.

Elijah is the son of a preacher man in southern Alabama. Not the ideal place to live if you even remotely question your sexuality. Having lost his mother when he was ten, he was so not prepared to lose his father twenty-five years later, to the day. He can't believe the hell his life has become, left all alone with no family, until a revelation at the viewing stuns him into disbelief. Shaken to his core by what he perceives to be his father's deception, Elijah is left struggling to find a new way with a virtual stranger.

This last year, Seth has tried to do his best for his twin sister knowing he should have fought harder for her years before when her struggles began. Now she's gone having left him with a baby girl and living in a town he moved to for her. Southern Alabama is not the best place for a gay man. When his sister's best friend drops the bomb on him at the viewing, his life takes a turn for the unreal.

Elijah and Seth wouldn't be the first, nor the last, people to lose themselves in each other versus dealing with their grief. And, in an aside, these guys are really, really hot together. Of course, Eli's best friend, Rhett, isn't about to let that happen and pulls every vindictive, manipulative trick in the book, the best a Southern "gal" can do. There's a lot of miscommunication that tears Eli and Seth back and forth during the course of their story. The love they both share for one baby girl, though, is pretty impressive and very sweet to watch.

I liked this story. I will admit that there were a number of places where the storyline became a little unreal and over the top, and although I think I understand where the authors were trying to go, it's possible they tried to take on too much for one story. Eli was quite the dichotomy as he was represented via his speech as a good ol' boy, but then some of his actions negated that. However, for me personally, I gave the authors the benefit of the doubt and enjoyed Elijah, Seth, and Hope regardless.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 63992 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-July-2013
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